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From Technocracy to Technopoly

From Technocracy to Technopoly - Technocracy gave us the...

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From Technocracy to Technopoly First True Technocracy in England in 1765 with James watt’s steam engine Adam smith justified the transformation from small-scale, personalized, skilled labor to a large-scale, impersonal, mechanized production. Economic Man – born with an instinct to barter and acquire wealth Richard Arkwright developed the factory system in cotton spinning mills Replace skilled workers with workers who merely kept the machines operating “everyone invented whoever owned an enterprise sought ways and means to make his goods more speedily, more perfectly, and often of improved beauty. The greatest invention of the 19 th century was the idea of invention itself If something could be done it should be done Luddite – an almost childish and certainly naïve opposition to technology
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Unformatted text preview: Technocracy gave us the idea of progress and of necessity loosened our bonds with tradition – whether political or spiritual The technological and traditional views coexisted Technopoly is totalitarian technocracy Huxley identified the shift to technopoly with Henry Ford’s empire Scientific management – Frederick W. Taylor The primary, if not only goal of human labor and thought is efficiency Technique of any kind can do our thinking for us Human lives find its meaning in machinery and technique 1 st American character 2 nd The genius and audacity of American capitalists of the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries 3 rd – success of the 2oth century technology in providing Americans with convenience, comfort, speed, hygiene and abundance...
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